Horror Now Streaming: “Kristy” (2014) Review

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On Saturday night I watched Kristy (2014) for the very first time. This movie didn’t get a DVD release where I live until last month. I immediately picked up a copy, because I’ve been excited to see it for quite some time. It’s been circulating on my Facebook and Instagram feed for over a year now and for most part received high praises from the horror community. The cast is interesting enough and Haley Bennett is an extremely underrated actress in my opinion. Kristy marks the second feature film of director Oliver Blackburn, who previously directed the British slasher Donkey Punch (2008). Which I haven’t seen yet, but own on DVD.

I have finally come around to see Kristy and it was everything I expected and more! This has to be one of my favorite modern horror/slasher movies. The story doesn’t try to be original and that’s what I mainly liked about this movie. The acting performances are excellent, especially by Haley Bennett and Ashley Greene. Justine (played by Haley Bennett) is hands down one of the strongest final girls in horror movie history, up there with Erin (Sharni Vinson) from You’re Next. Such a likeable and relatable character. Ashley Greene played against type as the stonecold cult leader and the result was nothing short of amazing, even though her character was underdeveloped. The character development isn’t the strongest, as we’re mainly focused on Justine throughout the movie. Lucas Till was also pretty decent in this movie, even though his screentime was limited. The tension and suspense in Kristy was heartpounding with many well executed chase scenes and effective jump scares. Oliver Blackburn did a terrific job in the director’s chair. I also thought that the soundtrack was superb, as we get a chilling score mixed with modern songs like: Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans and NONONO – Pumpin’ Blood. Kristy didn’t bore me for a second and literally kept me on the edge of my seat throughout its short running time, which oddly didn’t felt all that short to me. I really liked the girl power aspect in this movie as we witness our lead girl fight back after literally going to hell and back again.

The final confrontation between our protagonist and antagonist is bad-ass and outstanding. This is one of those movies where you have to pay close attention from the very beginning in order to pick up some clever references and choices that characters make. The cinematography in this movie is rock solid and I loved the campus setting and the beautiful exterior shots. Everything seemed to work for me with this movie, even though I wish it had more character development and a longer running time. There is a scene after the credits that may or may not suggest a possibility for a potential sequel. I would love that idea, but only if Haley Bennett reprises her role of Justine. Kristy is a thrilling and exciting adrenaline ride that I suggest everyone should take. It even takes place on Thanksgiving, so it’s technically a holiday horror/slasher. Definitely a movie I wanna watch at least once a year. For those that are interested in seeing it, Kristy is now streaming on the American Netflix. I highly suggest everyone to give it a watch, as it’s a cult classic in the making. It’s The Strangers meets The Purge meets You’re Next.

–Ferdi Akkulak

DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Unwraps Three Killer Upcoming Screenings

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Are you ready for more carnage Christmas? Our second slasher feature, Dismembering Christmas, is slashing up a film fest near you soon!

12/7 7pm Slaughter Movie House (Kansas City, MO)

12/12 8pm Drunken Zombie (Peoria, IL)

12/19 10:30pm Grosvenor Cinema (Glasgow, United Kingdom, UK PREMIERE)

Check out our official Dismembering Christmas Facebook page for ticket information and look for more exciting film festival news coming soon! Want your very own copy of our gory holiday horror? Dismembering Christmas is now available on DVD.

Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer

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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Best/Worst Horror Reveals

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On a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield & Andrew Beirl will be counted down their favorite and least favorite horror movie killer reveals. They also be discussed the theatrical premiere of their newest slasher, Dismembering Christmas (buy your copy HERE).

To check out an archive: Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Best/Worst Horror Reveals

Halloween Holiday Horror: Hellions (2015) Review

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Recently I watched Hellions (2015) for the first time and it took me this long to tell you that it’s absolutely awful. I wasn’t satisfied with the direction this movie took. The story definitely had potential, but what we got instead is a sorry excuse for a movie. I can’t even describe this movie to anyone as I’m simply at a loss for words. It’s just plain weird.

There was pro life propaganda throughout the movie that really threw me off and I’m really questioning what sort of message the makers were trying to deliver. The ending is a letdown and only adds up to the propaganda I mentioned earlier. I’m not sure what the director was thinking. The Halloween set up is nice looking and all and the colors throughout the movie are vibrant, but it’s just like a cover up for that entire politically incorrect message.

I feel particularly bad for the lead actress, Chloe Rose. She isn’t the best actress, but she’s likeable enough in this movie. She deserves better roles than this one however… I do need to give credit where it’s due for the unique cinematography. Hellions is a bizarre trip that I don’t recommend anyone to take. Unless you fancy Halloween-themed movies. On my DVD cover there’s a quote that says: “A future Halloween classic.” Nope. Never. Not in a million years. For a really good Halloween-themed movie, look no further than the excellent horror anthology “Trick ‘r Treat (2007)”. You can thank me later.

–Ferdi Akkulak

Holiday Horror: DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Available on DVD

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Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer


Dismembering Christmas DVD




Don’t forget to also pick up a Dismembering Christmas Limited Edition Tee!
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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Tyler Hall (Slasher Studios Presents Drips)

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On a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl will be chatting with Tyler Hall, the director and co-writer of the upcoming slasher DRIPS. The film is being co-produced by Slasher Studios and is sure to be a hell of a lot of fun. Tune in Thursday night at 10PM central to catch the bloody show and make sure to call in with any questions you might have. Become a Drips backer today for some killer rewards.

To listen in live or check out an archive:
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Tyler Hall (Slasher Studios Presents Drips)

Very Limited DVD Quantities Remain for DON’T GO TO THE REUNION

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We are down to our final case of DVDs for Don’t Go to the Reunion and once these are gone, they are gone forever! While supplies last, we are giving away a free 11 x 17 Don’t Go to the Reunion poster with every DVD purchase through Slasher Studios. It makes for a bloody good gift and we want to share the slasher goodness with you. Lots of special features (check out the list below). Remember, these are region free dvds with exclusive extras you won’t find anywhere else and you must purchase through the link below to receive your free poster.

Killer Features
* Audio Commentary with the filmmakers
* Trailer
* Blooper Reel
* “Class of 2004” Yearbook
* Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, Blood Brothers)

Plot synopsis:
Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It’ll be more gore for Class of 04.

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Why We Love: “Crimson Peak” (2015) Review

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On Tuesday I watched Crimson Peak (2015) in theaters in IMAX together with a friend of mine. I have been anticipating the release of this movie for months. The trailers and official stills really grabbed my attention and the cast is simply fantastic. Guillermo Del Toro is truly a one of a kind director and Crimson Peak is actually the first film that I’m watching from this director. I do own some of his movies like: Mimic, Blade II, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, but I haven’t yet seen any of them. After having watched Crimson Peak, I definitely respect and honor Guillermo as a director and creator. His work behind the camera is outstanding and literally every shot in this movie looks mesmerizing and exquisite.

The acting performances are flawless by everyone involved. Mia Wasikowska once again proves that she’s one of the best young actresses working today. One of her best performances to date and her character is a very interesting protagonist. Jessica Chastain definitely stole this entire movie with her stone cold portrayal of Lucille Sharpe. This woman is seriously long over due to win an Oscar. Such an immensely talented actress. Tom Hiddleston stole my heart when he appeared on screen from the very start to finish. What a charming and handsome actor with brilliant acting chops. Charlie Hunnam, while not on screen too often, did a fantastic job as well. I admit that the story was a little different than I initially thought it was gonna be, but it was very interesting as I’ve never quite seen anything like this movie before. The costumes, set design, cinematography, creature effects and especially the art direction are fascinating and absolutely stunning. I loved the suspense and sense of dread throughout the movie and it’s a beautiful and haunting ghost story.

It is an amazing movie to experience on IMAX format and I encourage everyone to go out and see Crimson Peak on the big screen. It’s truly one of the best movies of the year! Definitely buying it on Blu-ray when it comes out.

–Ferdi Akkulak

Good Cast, Bad Movie: DEMONIC (2015) Review

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Last Friday I watched Demonic (2015) for the first time. This was the latest DVD screener I received from my job to review. I only knew this movie existed because it was produced by James Wan, who directed The Conjuring. I wasn’t aware of the talented actors that were attached to this movie. I went in with low expectations and I have to say that I was still extremely disappointed when all was said and done.

The story is so unoriginal and not once did this movie try to add something fresh to an already worn out concept. The acting performances by the cast is solid enough and actually makes up for a lot of the flaws this movie suffers from. Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy), Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Dustin Milligan (Shark Night), Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Megan Park (So Undercover) and Scott Mechlowicz (EuroTrip) were definitely the standouts. It’s a shame these talented actors got wasted on a bad movie like this. Demonic has a fair share of cheap jump scares, but only one of them worked effectively. The camerawork isn’t very stable all the time and the make-up effects were awful in some scenes. With a running time of well under 80 minutes (excluding end credits) the movie may seem short, but when looking at the very sudden ending it’s clear that a lot of scenes ended up on the cutting room floor or the money simply ran out. The ending of this movie is very unsatisfying and leaves the viewer with so many unanswered questions. The illogical plot twist near the end wasn’t very believable either. The combining of found footage and standard camerawork was one of the few aspects that I liked about this movie.

Demonic is nothing more than a missed opportunity. The makers weren’t thinking outside the box and a very talented cast got wasted in the process. Leave your brain at the door when watching this movie, or better yet: don’t watch this movie. Unless you’re a fan of one of the cast members. James Wan should really stick to directing movies.

–Ferdi Akkulak

“Dismembering Christmas” Slashes Open First Public Screening

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TOMORROW NIGHT! Dismembering Christmas will be screening at Images Bar in Appleton, WI at 7PM. Writer/producer Kevin Sommerfield will be there for the screening with dvds, posters, soundtracks, and limited edition blurays for sale during the event. The always incredible Kyle Conn will be the bartender so make sure to come on down and check out the film, have a few drinks, and support some indie horror!

Can’t make it? You can still pick up your slasher goodies here:
All dvds and blurays are region free and all blurays are individually numbered. Once these 300 are sold out, these will never be reprinted again.

Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Behind-the-scenes documentary with exclusive clips (only available on bluray)
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Interview with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield (only available on bluray)
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer

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Dismembering Christmas DVD




Don’t forget to also pick up a Dismembering Christmas Limited Edition Tee!
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